Tenant ‘upgraded’ flat by stealing

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A MAN did not like the look of his flat’s settee because the springs were sticking out.

So Anthony Raynor, 33, decided to swap it for one in a better condition from the flat next door.

Raynor, of Osborne Road, South Shore decided to upgrade his TV at the same time.

He took a TV from the neighbouring flat and left his own in its place.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, told Blackpool magistrates that the tenant of the neighbouring flat had being staying elsewhere at the time of the burglary.

When she returned she reported what had gone on to police.

When part-time hotel night porter Raynor was questioned he said he thought he was swapping property owned by the landlord, not stuff owned by the female tenant.

Raynor also admitted wasting police time.

Howard Green, defending, said: ”He gained very little from the burglary. It was stupid and he should not have done it even if the springs of his own settee were sticking out.”

Raynor was given an eight-week jail term suspended for a year and a six week curfew.

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